Erin Bentlage is an award-winning vocalist from Burlington, Vermont, a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, and a current resident of Los Angeles, California. Coming from a background primarily rooted in jazz, she has had opportunities to contribute to a wide range of projects, from recording with Mozambican guitarist Albino Mbie (including singing on a track which won the International Songwriting Competition), to performing at the reputable JEN Conference as a part of Berklee’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, to singing and collaborating on projects of world-renowned musicians and composers.
As an arranger, Erin has worked with and written for a cappella groups across the country and has been a music director at A Cappella Academy for the past three years, where she arranges and directs her own group of students in addition to teaching songwriting, music theory, and improvisation. Thanks to her studies at Berklee, she also has experience arranging for a wide range of other ensembles, ranging from big band to orchestra, and looks forward to opportunities for further exploration of those sounds.
In 2016, Erin was invited to join the L.A. Choral Lab, which has proven to be a necessary and beloved outlet for performing high caliber choral music. Even more recently, Erin and three dear friends from around the world formed a four-person vocal group that will explore the boundaries of purely improvised sound. She continues to perform and collaborate with musicians and composers both inside and outside of the jazz community, in addition to cultivating her passion for music education and beginning to navigate through the world of session singing. Erin also writes and performs her own music, with plans to record her first EP in January of 2017.